Prince Harry Under Fire After Slamming Media’s Coverage of UK Coronavirus Crisis: ‘Things Are Better Than We’re Led to Believe’

Prince Harry’s recent comment about the state of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is under fire after he claimed that the outbreak in the UK wasn’t as bad as the media has let on. One medical expert called Prince Harry’s comments “outrageous” and noted that the media are providing solid information to the public.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Prince Harry’s comment about the pandemic slammed the media

The media’s constant scrutiny of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex prompted them to leave the royal family. Perhaps that experience was part of the reason why Prince Harry, while discussing the coronavirus pandemic, seemed to bash the media’s reporting of the current crisis.

During an appearance on the Declassified podcast, Prince Harry spoke about the veteran community’s volunteer efforts. “I’m just so incredibly proud to see what these individuals up and down the country and across the world are doing on a day to day basis,” he shared during the podcast.

Prince Harry added, “I think that what is happening especially in the UK is the very best of the human spirit. It’s also proving that I think things are better than we’re led to believe through certain corners of the media.”

“It can be very worrying when you’re sitting there and the only information you are getting is from certain news channels, but then if you are out and about or you are on the right platforms, you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront,” he noted.

Prince Harry’s comment comes under fire

Whether Prince Harry was getting a dig in at the media or making a comment about how there isn’t as much coverage of people doing remarkable things during this uncertain time, many slammed Harry for bashing the media.

Professor Karol Sikora, a leading British oncologist, took issue with Prince Harry’s take on the media, calling his comments “outrageous.”

“What are his qualifications for making these comments — other than deserting his country in its hour of need?,” Professor Sikora told The Sun.

“I think these remarks are outrageous,” Sikora added. “As for the media, I really don’t understand what Harry’s beef is. Journalists have been reporting the facts and have been doing great work in holding the Government to account.”

Sikora also pointed to the media’s role as “a key ally of doctors, nurses and key workers,” sharing how the media “should be applauded, not vilified.”

Royal expert slams Prince Harry for leaving the UK

Prince Harry and Meghan officially left their royal duties on Mar. 31 and made the move to Los Angeles amid the pandemic. One royal expert is calling Prince Harry out for his podcast comments, as he praised volunteers but isn’t himself in the UK to help.

“I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that’s volunteering,” Prince Harry said during the podcast, pointing to the “hundreds of thousands of people volunteering” in the UK, which he said was a “wonderfully British thing.”

Prince Harry added, “It just makes me incredibly proud to see the Brits stepping up like this, but I really, really hope that this keeps going after coronavirus and after this whole pandemic has come to a close.”

Royal expert Angela Levin, who wrote the book Harry: Conversations with the Prince made a dig at Prince Harry following his podcast remarks. “Real shame he is not here to help. Perhaps he’ll think we are not such a rotten country after all,” she tweeted.